Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Isla de Gigantes | Cabugao Gamay Island


ISLA DE GIGANTES | Cabugao Gamay Island
 Gigantes Group Of Islands In Photos Virtual Tour




The photo above is perhaps the most photographed and Social Media posted location in Gigantes Group of Islands. Cabugao Gamay is a Hiligaynon term Cabugao for Pomelo, and Gamay for Small, but translates literally as a phrase "The smaller Cabugao Island." Adorned by a twin beach both of fine white sand, rocky hills on both ends that is subject for a little rock climbing with a scattering of Coconut trees lining inland and dividing the beaches on both sides.





From among the few travel bloggers who have set their sights in here to Ilonggo based community facebook groups that share adventures of weekend getaways and special vacations, the photos taken of Cabugao Gamay is the one that spark the most interest and for a good measure. Setting foot, you would think you had stumbled upon a paradise island off the Caribbean, though my arrival here is well over high noon with strong Amihan winds responsible for the "S" shape sand formation, it is as beautiful as every photos taken.

As compared to the other islands I visited for the Island hopping, this is where I spent most of my time. With Php 20.00 entrance per head, I and my brother were presented with the packed lunch prepared for us by the resort, a set of big crabs and pork barbecue was more than enough for our huge appetite. And what's nice after taking great meal in a beautiful island? I set my sarong under cover of Talisay and Coconut trees, and took a nap for good measure. Not minding the visitors that come and go, it was peaceful, it was serene, the Amihan winds and sound of lapping beach lulled me to sleep.







It was high noon, and it was humidly hot, the rocky hill may look to be smaller in photo, but it needs effort to scale, as you can see. Its Karst rock with sharp edges, and some possible loose, one had to be sure of their footing. As long as you are able, anyone can actually climb this rocky hill and see from a vantage view the sweeping panorama that was Isla Cabugao Gamay.





On The Map

Isla de Gigantes group of islands comprises mainly of Gigante Norte and Gigante Sur as its major volcanic islands with scattering of islets around it. Located in the western part of the Visayan Sea and approximately 18 kilometers Northeast off the mainland of Panay. The islands belong to the political domain of Municipality of Carles, Iloilo Province.


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20 comments:

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    1. Hi Bugs! nami guid man sa Gigantes.. :)

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  2. Wow...how did you take the first photo? Is it possible to stay there overnight? Didn't know Iloilo has such beautiful islands. I'll be in Boracay this August and planned to stay in Iloilo after, hopefully to hop one the islands there too :)

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  3. Wow! amazing shots! Theplace is a paradise .. perfect haven for Nature lovers. Maganda ring movie location site.

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  4. Astonishing! I've always wanted to check this place. I'm sure this will be a sure destination of travel goers in the future. Very nice aerial shot of the island, by the way :)

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  5. waaaahhhh! is this places really exist? amazing! gotta go there on my next vacation!

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  6. I can see how vibrant the place looks in your Photos and it's nice to learn about this group of islands near Panay and Iloilo.

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  7. These photos are so awesome especially the first 2 photos! So breathtaking! I love how blue the sky is!

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  8. Tuod sa Negros ako naga-estar kag malapit sa Guimaras, kag sa isla sg Gigantes, pero wala pa gid ako kadto diri. The place is ideal for spending a summer vacation and it is also an ideal place for hangouts.

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  9. I have been planning to visit these group of islands for quite some time now. I already have tickets to Roxas for next summer, can't wait to see this place in person.

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  10. You never fail to amaze me with your spectacular shots! You're one of the best travel photographers out there, I guess :)

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  11. WOW!Love the 1st photo! How do you go there from Iloilo City and is it possible to stay for a night?

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  12. Wow, those photos are amazing! Did you take the second photo from the boat?

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  13. Wow! amazing phots , pwedeng postcards. The place, simply a paradise island. Sarap mapuntahan.

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  14. This is paradise on earth. The photos are amazing but I don't have the courage to visit different islands since I'm afraid of water travel. I'll just enjoy the view thru the photos you shared with us.

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  15. Very interesting island to visit. I wonder why they named it Cabugao Gamay? Is it because the shape of the island looks like a small pomelo? I hope this island will be preserved until the next generation.

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  16. Very interesting island to visit. I wonder why they named it Cabugao Gamay? Is it because the shape of the island looks like a small pomelo? I hope this island will be preserved until the next generation.

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  17. Your photos look amazing! Nahiya tulo ako sa mga travel photos ko. LOL I would love to visit this island with my friends soon :) Parang interesting place to be in eh.

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  18. wow.... lovely photos you've got! Hope to see this island soon.

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  19. HAHAHA MAGANDA DYAN DATI KAMI TUMIRA JAN.

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